UPDATE: Motorist Who Struck Teen Crossing Street Was Possibly High, Long Beach Police Say

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UPDATE | A 19-year-old Long Beach man was arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence of cannabis this morning after he struck a 15-year-old teen boy and left him critically injured in the city’s Northside.

In a release sent out this afternoon, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officials said Christopher Manuel Rodriguezinigo was booked for driving under the influence of drugs and held on $100,000 bail.

The victim, a 15-year-old Long Beach resident, sustained life-threatening injuries.

Authorities said Rodriguezinigo was driving a 2009 Ford Flex east on Market Street from Lime Avenue when the pedestrian crossed north from the south side of the street mid-block between Lime and Olive avenues. The motorist was unable to stop in time and struck the victim.

The motorist, who cooperated with the investigation, was found to be driving while impaired which resulted in a response by a department drug recognition expert, officials said in a statement. The expert determined Rodriguezinigo was possibly high.

Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail Detective David Whelan at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1(800) 222-TIPS (8477).

PREVIOUSLY: Teen Critically Injured After Being Hit by Vehicle in North Long Beach

6/5/18 at 11:55AM | A teen boy sustained life-threatening injuries when he was struck by a vehicle in North Long Beach Tuesday morning.

Authorities said the driver was traveling east on Market Street at Olive Avenue when he struck the teen. The incident happened near Lindbergh STEM Academy at around 7:30AM.

The victim was transported by Long Beach paramedics to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and is listed in critical condition.

The driver remained at the scene and was apprehended by police for being allegedly impaired, according to Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) spokesman Sgt. Brad Johnson.

Market Street was closed between Atlantic and Myrtle avenues for a portion of the morning.

The incident is being investigated by LBPD’s Collision Investigation Detail.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
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